MILLBURN, NJ — After a 39-29 win against Livingston earlier this month, the Millburn Fifth Grade Boys' Travel Basketball team finds itself in the final.
Millburn was led in scoring against Livingston by Chace Redler and Leo Dalton with strong support from Quin Barkley, Brandon Rey and Alex Finkelstein.
The team also received stellar rebounding from Drew Rothman, Holden Cohn and Zach Freimauer, which according to Millburn Head Coach Rob Dasti allowed them to retain the ball on offense and secure more possession from the defensive end as well.
"Overall this was probably the best game I have seen us play all year," Dasti said. "It was the poorest we have shot from the perimeter but yet one of the better overall games we have played this season. Our Defense was stout and never broke."
Dasti continued, saying "Our boys did a great job communicating and staying disciplined. They played with great energy and hustle. Whether it was the starters or the subs, I was very proud with how we played on both ends of the court. This was truly a big team win in every way."
With the berth secured, Millburn now looks ahead to the championship game on Wednesday against the undefeated first seed, Maplewood/South Orange.
Millburn lost to Maplewood/South Orange earlier in the season, one of the handful of losses for the team this year. However, Dasti feels that this game will be different.
"I believe we will be ready to compete at a higher level than last time we played them," Dasti said. "After some adjustments, I know we will do a better job controlling the tempo, limit their three-point shooting and have ourselves a very entertaining and competitive basketball game."
Millburn will tip off in its championship game vs Maplewood/South Orange this Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym of Maplewood Middle School.
The fifth grade boys' championship game will start a full week of title shots for the Millburn Recreation Department Travel Basketball Program.
The fifth grade girls will play on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Verona Community Center, with an 8:00 p.m. tipoff, while the sixth grade boys will play for a title on Friday, Feb. 28 at Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange. That Game will have a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.